Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional problem with the gut. That means there’s no physical cause such as an infection, blockage or inflammation, although any one of these may set up a pattern for IBS long after the original ailment has gone. Diagnosis is usually obtained by ruling everything else out, so it’s important to have this checked before seeking hypnotherapy treatment.
IBS sufferers have an extra sensitive bowel which causes it to work irregularly, causing pain, bloating and altered bowel habit (faster or slower or both by turns). While there is no evidence to prove stress affects IBS, there is plenty that suggests stress relief improves it, so we draw our own conclusions. IBS can range from mild or occasional, to serious in the effect it has on their life. It often starts between the teenage years and 40 and may affect up to 20% of people in the UK during their lifetime. So if you are suffering, you’re in good company.
A variety of exacerbating causes, different for each individual, may affect the condition. For some certain foods can trigger a flare-up (dairy and wheat being common); previous illness and genetic factors may have contributed to the condition in others.
Hypnotherapy, relaxation training, medication and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) have all been shown to help reduce the symptoms of IBS. We all carry a good deal of tension with us, often without noticing it, in our day-to-day lives. Hypnotherapy can help individuals to relax beyond the level they experience with sitting in front of the TV or sleeping fitfully. We’re talking deep, delicious, top-of-the-range relaxation here!
Another element hypnotherapy can help with is altering the quality and level of the sensations that accompany IBS, using the subconscious during hypnosis – a process that remains long after the client has left the chair.
So why not hit the contact button now and arrange a visit to talk through your IBS.